ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER

aka Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center   |   Washington, DC   |  www.apalrc.org

Mission

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) is the legal advocate for justice for the Asian American community of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Working in partnership with APA communities, APALRC addresses the individual legal needs of low-income and limited-English proficient Asian Americans, advocates for broad-based systemic change on legal and civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans, and empowers APA community members through organizing strategies.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Naznin Saifi

Main address

1627 K Street, NW Suite 610

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

52-2148028

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) provides linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate civil legal services to the low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific American community in metropolitan D.C. Many within the Asian Pacific Islander community do not access traditional legal services program due to cultural and language barriers. The APALRC utilizes bilingual attorneys, legal interns and volunteers to break through these barriers.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

APALRC Programs

: APALRC Staff Attorneys provide legal advice, representation, and education to individuals in the areas of domestic violence, family law, immigration law, housing, crime victim assistance and language access. In addition, the APALRC provides legal advice and referrals on other issues through its multilingual legal helpline and community-based legal clinics.  APALRC attorneys are assisted by bilingual law student volunteers, and more than 70 trained legal interpreters, who collectively speak over 26 different Asian languages.
: In addition to direct legal services, the APALRC leads the Crime Victim Assistance Partnership, a project that provides assistance to Asian Pacific Islander victims of crime in the District.  The goal is to assist these crime victims, who traditionally have not sought compensation, to navigate the legal system as the prosecution unfolds and to secure compensation for damages they incurred as a result of the crime.  Since 2006, the APALRC has reached out to different parts of the Asian Pacific Islander community to share information about safety and raise community awareness about resources available to victims of crime. 
: As a founder and leader of the multi-ethnic, D.C. Language Access Coalition, the APALRC advocates for full and equal access to the D.C. government programs and services-- particularly in the areas of health, welfare, education, housing, and employment benefits-- for the District’s estimated 39,000 non-English speakers, including the Asian Pacific Islander community.  The APALRC’s leadership on this issue led to the successful passage of the 2004 D.C. Language Access Act – considered the most comprehensive language access law in the country – which requires that government services be accessible to those with limited-English skills.

Population(s) Served
People of Asian descent

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The APALRC mission is to protect the civil and legal rights of the low-income, limited English proficient Asian Pacific Islander population through the provision of linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate civil legal services. To accomplish this mission, the APALRC legal staff and interns are bilingual in an Asian language. Additionally, the APALRC operates a multilingual legal helpline so that potential clients can leave a message and/or speak with someone directly in their native language.

The APALRC accomplishes its mission and goals through a three-prong approach of community legal education, direct representation and systemic advocacy. As many within the Asian Pacific Islander community do not access legal services, the APALRC conducts outreach and walk-in hours at community based organizations that serve this vulnerable population.

Financials

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Operations

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Curtis Lu

FTI Consulting

Benjamin Wu

No Affiliation

Celso Mataac

Citrin Cooperman

Curtis Lu

FTI Consulting

Erica Lai

Northrup Grummon

Tony Lin

DLA Piper (USA)

Jacinta Ma

EEOC

Lucy Grace Noyola

No Affiliation

David Yi

Providence Mortgage

Peter Kim

NIH

Qiaong "Sherry" Tao

Skadden Arps

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.